‘Smart Growth’— What’s In It For You?

Nationally syndicated columnist and author Molly Ivins will be the first in a series of speakers about the need for “smart growth” policies. She will make her presentation on Friday, September 6 at 12:30 PM at the University of Maryland School of Nursing Auditorium, 655 West Lombard Street (between Greene and Penn Streets). The program, and all others in the series, are free and open to the public. Due to anticipated demand, organizers ask that the public call 410-974-2300 to assure a space.

Upcoming programs include: “Smart Growth—What’s in it for Working Families and Organized Labor?” on Friday, September 20, featuring Don Turner of the Chicago Federation of Labor; “Smart Growth—Why does it matter to Faith Communities?” on Friday, October 18, with Mary Gonzales, lead organizer for the Gamaliel Foundation and founding director of Metropolitan Alliance of Congregations; “Smart Growth—What does it mean for Social & Economic Equity?” on Friday, November 15, presenting Professor john powell, scholar, author, and founding director of the Institute on Race and Poverty, University of Minnesota Law School; and “Smart Growth—What’s in it for Business?” Friday, December 6, with speaker Ed McMahon, attorney, planner, author, director of The Conservation Fund’s “American Greenways Program,” and an authority on the "Dollars and Sen$e" of Smart Growth.

Subsequent programs in 2003 will address implications of sprawl and Smart Growth for housing choices, for developers, home builders, and realtors; for elected officials and decision-makers, for suburbs, for older communities, for our children.

“Smart Growth—What’s in it for YOU?” is a project of the Maryland Governor’s Office of Smart Growth. The events are being made possible through sponsors and co-sponsors.

For further information, call (410)767-2645 or (410)974-2300.

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This story was published on September 4, 2002.